• Application Deadline
  • 16 months
  • Tuition Fee
    8625 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1504.5 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English


Energy transition is your future!

One of the greatest challenges of our time is the transition towards a sustainable energy system, based on renewable energy sources. A new generation of innovative professionals, equipped with interdisciplinary thinking and up-to-date knowledge, skills and tools can turn this challenge into a success. Talented young people are needed.

DDuring the core semester of the European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen you acquire a solid foundation in economics and business concepts. These are related to innovative energy project design and related aspects of the energy business. Combined with planning, strategic decision-making and communication, this core knowledge will allow you to analyse energy business challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. The core semester can be followed at either Hanze UAS or the University of Pisa.


Programme status: pending accreditation

As this is a new programme, more information will follow.

Programme Structure

Themes of the core semester
  • Sustainable energy sources overview
  • Technologies, plants and integration
  • System innovation processes
  • Environmental issues
  • European experiences and history
  • Markets, business, economics and law
  • Models and scenarios for strategic decision-making
  • Communication and (project) management

The second semester focuses on systems operations and optimization (Netherlands) or on sustainable energy management (Spain). In-depth conceptual lectures are accompanied by practical assignments and technically orientated company visits. As a student you are required to actively contribute to the course content by presenting papers and carrying out research tasks.

System integration and optimisation - Hanze UAS (the Netherlands)

  • System model applications
  • Infrastructure and renewables
  • Intelligent information services
  • Business case economics and law
  • International case Part 1: (Energy) business plan development
  • International case Part 2: Applied research in sustainable systems

Sustainable energy management - University of Zaragoza (Spain)

  • Socio-economic aspects of energy
  • Renewable energy markets
  • Electricity and efficiency energy markets
  • Systems and tools for energy management (1)
  • Systems and tools for energy management (2)
  • Start up and management of energy service companies (ESCOs) and projects.
The third and last semester you will apply your knowledge and skills in a research project at a company or a research centre. Based in this research you will write your thesis under the supervision of a (core) professor, a professor of the specialisation and a professor from the project provider.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants are admitted to the course on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Having a BSc. in economics, social sciences, environmental sciences, (industrial engineering and) management or studies providing a systemic point of view
  • Professional focus on subjects like economics, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, social sciences, political sciences, international business, managerial engineering and architecture.
  • Admission of students with a different bachelor's degree will be decided by Hanze UAS after assessment.
  • The criteria may be waived for applicants with relevant work experience deemed equivalent to the academic admission requirements.
  • English Language proficiency:
    - TOEFL: minimum score of 575 (paper-based test), or 90 (internet-based test with no less than 20 in reading, listening, speaking or writing); or
    - IELTS: 6.5 minimum with no less than 6.0 in reading, listening, speaking or writing; or
    - Cambridge Advanced Exam in English: B minimum; or
    - Cambridge Proficiency Exam in English: C minimum.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8625 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1504.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 months.
However, an EU student already holding a Dutch master's degree will pay €7,300, for the full programme.

Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1,000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.